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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
For the first ever SweetWater anniversary beer (yeah it took us 15 years), we went back to our roots, dusted off our original ESB recipe, and gave it a big ol’ bump. The recipe consists of 7 malts, one of which Kevin toasted personally in his toaster oven, just like the old days, and 5 different styles of hops. In true Sweetwater style, there is no style, but it’s big, bold, and meant to grow old, meaning this beer will be fantastic out of the gate, or you can lay her down in the cellar for many years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bomber from Downtown Wine & Spirits. pours a cloudy amber color with a white head. I was hoping for a more American take on this style like their Motorboat. This is pretty decent though. The aroma is toasty with notes of caramel, figs, earth and a spicy, woody hoppiness. I can’t tell this is 10% abv. It doesn’t seem like a hugely heavy beer, no thick sweetness, no detectable alcohol burn. The flavor is of dark fruits, toast, biscuits and an herbal dryness in the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1974) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with a medium tan head and some slippery lacing. The aroma is grass, caramel, resin and herbal hops, and molasses. The flavor is very sweet and fairly bitter. The palate is heavy, astringent, and lively. The aftertaste is long, bitter, and a little sour. Overall, this is a strong, flavorful, and complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Draft at Barley’s in Knoxville. Pours reddish brown with small beige head. The aroma is fruity with lots of fresh hops, some white raisin, a woody note, hint of passionfruit, and something that reminds me of tropical sugars. The flavor is woody hops with the same passionfruit note I got in the nose. There is also a bit of citrus quality there. The malt profile is white raisin and honey. A spritzy lime note comes toward the finish, which is dryish with some pine. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Sampled at Brewvival 2012. Clearish copper pour with fair tan head. sweet, syrupy, caramel, molasses, some bitterness from hops, but not enough to balance it our. Lots of residual sweetness. Not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 25, 2012
bottle. clear orange with a small white head. sweet cotton candy nose with fruity hops. very balanced. a bigger version of motor boat. sweet but balanced with fruity hops. full body. a bit boozy in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draft at Brewvival 2012 under the 15 Years of Heady Beers name. Pours a clear copper color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, herbal hops, raisins and toasted malts. The taste is caramel, toffee, stone fruits, hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigoldbo (3) - - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
An Imperial Amber Ale? caramel, resin, grass, alcohol, Aromas Appearance; amber, clear, minimal head, with almost no lacing. Palate; medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, I really enjoyed this beer by the end of the bomber and was ready for another

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bomber. Deep orange color. Big citrusy aroma backed up by a solid caramel malt body. The hops could come through in the flavor a little better but ou give that up for the full bodied malt flavor. Finish does have a little pine and resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Nice copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel and alcohol. Flavor is very malty, with hints of molasses, licorice and dried dark fruit. I would actually call this one a tad on the harsh side but the bottle did state that it could be aged. I imagine this would mellow it out a bit and make it even smoother if given a bit more time. Still, it’s a nice, malty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2/19/12. 22oz bottle. Slightly hazed reddish brown pour with a small khaki head that fades to a sloppy ring and barely laces at all. Slightly sweet aroma with caramel, grassy hops, a bit of minerally dryness, and more sweetness. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with a bit of tartness and more dry minerals with lingering papery sweetness and cloying sweetness. Meh.

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